The College of Professional Studies Newsletter

The Second Edition - Spring 2011

The College of Professional Studies Celebrates 15 Years!

This year, Marquette University's College of Professional Studies celebrates the 15th anniversary of serving adult students. Starting as the Organization and Leadership program in 1994, the college was officially granted establishment by Marquette's Board of Trustees in September 1996. Over the past 15 years, the college has had an increasing impact on the community through our undergraduate, graduate and community leadership programs.

Dean Robert Deahl

Dean Robert Deahl"Hundreds of adults who come from all walks of life and who represent the great diversity of our city and community have come to Marquette University to achieve their education and career goals through our beloved College of Professional Studies for these past 15 years. As dean of the college from the very beginnings of our program, I have personally witnessed how scores of our adult students have literally transformed their lives because of their Marquette experience."

"While most come here to acquire their bachelor's or master's degree and to learn a body of knowledge to enhance their careers, almost all of our students come to realize that this experience changes them as a person, broadening their world view, deepening their awareness of the world and compelling them to make meaningful choices about their lives, their families and their world. This has been a wonderful gift and we celebrate this with humility and gratitude!"

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the college, we are proud to present:


Celebrating 15 Years with 15 Profiles of Students and Alumni

Click Here to view profiles.


New University President - New College Name

This year will offer new opportunities and possibilities, including a new president of Marquette University and the exploration of a new name for the college.


Local Leaders Transforming the Future of Milwaukee

Future Milwaukee is a premier community leadership development program offered through Marquette University's College of Professional Studies. Since 1978, Future Milwaukee's impact is demonstrated through the leadership roles and work of over 1,400 program graduates throughout diverse Milwaukee area businesses, governmental, educational, non-profit, and community organizations.

Future Milwaukee participants experience first-hand a deeper understanding of community issues, network with a diverse group of professionals, and work with private, public and non-profit organizations to help transform the future of Milwaukee. For the 2011-12 Future Milwaukee Leadership program, sessions will run from September through May, primarily every two weeks on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more details, visit the Future Milwaukee Web site at

Deborah Fugenschuh, Future Milwaukee Alumna
President and CEO, Donors Forum of Wisconsin

Deborah FugenschuhAfter Deborah completed her master's degree and moved to Milwaukee in 1983, she heard about the Future Milwaukee Leadership program from a friend. "I chose to enroll in the program because I was new to the community and I wanted to get a deeper understanding of Milwaukee while expanding my leadership skills and building a network of colleagues," she says.

Through Future Milwaukee, Deborah was able to build on her professional network and advance her career. When she joined Future Milwaukee, Deborah was working as a campaign associate at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Today, she is President and CEO of the Donors Forum of Wisconsin, a statewide membership association of grantmakers including various types of foundations and individuals of wealth. In her current role, Deborah is responsible for the strategic vision of the organization and ensuring a sound and sustainable future.

"As a new-comer to Milwaukee, the Future Milwaukee program was a real eye-opener to what the city is and what the city does," said Deborah. "The benefits of the Future Milwaukee program were many, but those I hold most dear to me are the expansive network of friends and colleagues I have made through the program. Every position I have taken since coming to Milwaukee has been through my network of Future Milwaukee colleagues. The program has helped me develop lifelong friendships and the long-lasting bond I have with the City of Milwaukee."

Tami Scully Garrison, Future Milwaukee Participant
Community Affairs Manager, MillerCoors

Tami Garrison"It was like a perfect storm," says Tami as she refers to everything that led to her decision to join the Future Milwaukee Leadership program. After learning through Facebook that her friend had joined the Future Milwaukee Leadership program, Tami contacted her to learn more. Then she did a Google search for Future Milwaukee and saw a fellow member of TEMPO Milwaukee featured on the Web site as well as other people she already knew and respected on the list of Future Milwaukee alumni. Through the Future Milwaukee Web site, Tami discovered that the program offered a good opportunity for professional development, which is encouraged and supported by her employer. Tami decided to apply for Future Milwaukee because the networking and greater connectivity with the community can be applied to her professional work with non-profit relationships and investments at MillerCoors, as well as her responsibilities as a board member on five non-profit boards within the community.

"I am amazed and inspired by the knowledge of the Future Milwaukee speakers who are experts in their fields as well as my Future Milwaukee classmates who are the future leaders of Milwaukee," says Tami. "With thought-provoking group discussions and community project work, Future Milwaukee participants are incredibly engaged and connected to various organizations in the community. Working together with a group of Future Milwaukee participants on my first community project was like a love fest, as we developed admiration and respect for one another."

The program inspired Tami to determine her role in facing the challenges in the Milwaukee community. "I'm motivated to get out there and make a difference!" she says.

Apply Now
Now is the time to apply for the next Future Milwaukee class beginning September 2011. Online applications are being accepted through June 30 at If you have questions, please call 414-288-3153 or send an e-mail to


Alumni Awards 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 college alumni award recipients who have made significant contributions to the college and the world around them.

Join us at the College of Professional Studies Awards Reception and Conferral!

Thursday, April 28
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Conferral: 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

For more information about the award recipients and to register online by April 21, Click Here.

Seeing The Difference in Others
Do you know a fellow alumnus/a who, through personal or professional achievements, truly embodies the mission of Marquette? Please nominate him or her for an Alumni National Award. Nominations received this year will be considered for an award in 2012. View the awards criteria and visit the online nomination form. (When choosing your award nomination on the form, use the sliding bar on the right-hand side to scroll down to the "Professional Studies" award selections.)


Fall 2010 Student Honors

Dean’s List Honorees
The Dean’s List recognizes undergraduate students in the College of Professional Studies for their hard work and
dedication to their academic pursuits. Students must be degree‐seeking and enrolled in a minimum of 12
credits in two 8‐week sessions and/or a 16‐week term, and successfully complete coursework with a grade
point average of 3.75 or higher.

  • Ruth Biemann
  • Kelley Mewissen
  • Gillion Simpson
  • Pamela Cromell
  • Robert Muilenburg
  • Naomi Staniszewski
  • Linda Edenharder
  • Shannon Randall-Harper
  • Dion Hill
  • Carrie Rohde

The Scholars Fund Scholarship
The Scholars Fund Scholarship was offered for the first time in the 2010-11 academic year to new, transfer and continuing undergraduate College of Professional Studies students. All scholarships were awarded based on their application and the quality of the submitted essays. Each scholarship is $1,680.00.


Celebrating Non-Traditional Students

The college recognized our undergraduate adult learners at our annual celebration on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Approximately 60 people attended this event, including staff, faculty and students. The celebration included inspirational comments from Dean Bob Deahl and Father Michael Class, a pizza lunch, and a raffle drawing with prizes donated by college staff and faculty members as well as Marquette’s Athletics Department, BookMarq, and Spirit Shop.

At colleges and universities across the nation, the first week in November is usually designated as National Non-Traditional Student Week. This week-long celebration began in 1996 by the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) to honor adult learners and the sacrifices they make to return to school. Our annual celebration continues to be meaningful to both the college and our students.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Visit our Web site for the latest information about important dates and upcoming events.


Wanted: Adult Student Referrals

Now's the time to encourage a family member, friend or business colleague to consider Marquette's values-based education programs designed for busy adults with weeknight, Saturday, and online classes available.

Information about our programs and financial aid options can be found on our Web site or individuals can contact recruitment coordinator Lori Kazaks via e-mail or at 414-288-7118.


Linked In Group for College Alumni

Reconnect with old friends and make new contacts in the Marquette University and College of Professional Studies alumni networks. Join the MUAA and College of Professional Studies alumni groups on LinkedIn.